It has been said that human rights are being violated in places such as Darfur, Nigeria, South Africa, Burma, Venezuela, and China. There are conflicts going on right now in the Congo, the Central African Republic, and other unfortunate places around the world. Some of the most brutal conflicts that I have personally witnessed have been in Darfur, South Africa, and Ivory Coast. The documented human rights abuses in these conflicts are truly horrific, and the victims sometimes do not even know that they are being victimized. This is where Bible Journaling and Christian Jewelry come into play.
When we observe the violation of human rights in these conflicts, we usually feel an emotional connection with those who are suffering. The situation makes us want to help. However, often we are prevented from assisting those in need because of our own feelings of anger, hurt, or jealousy. It takes a very special kind of person to allow their own feeling to get in the way of helping others. Even in these circumstances, however, there are two sides at the table, and both should be appreciated for their valuable contribution to the well-being of everyone else.
For many years, Christians have been promoting the use of spiritual disciplines like Bible study and spiritual prayer to help those who are in spiritual and physical distress. This can be a difficult role for some in society to accept. However, it is important that those who want to take advantage of Bible studies and other spiritual disciplines to promote world peace accept the premise that people are brothers and sisters regardless of race, religion, or social status.
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Sadly, there are still people who reject the very foundation of these teachings. They refuse to acknowledge that the Bible teaches that all people are brothers and sisters, regardless of their beliefs. Instead, they promote their own traditions around the globe as being the only “right” way. Those who follow such traditions are often those who suffer the most from violations of human rights. The Bible teaches that all are equal, and that no one should be treated unjustly, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or status.
Of course, the Bible also teaches that everyone has a right to their own self-esteem, and that every person has the right to be respected. It is a sad reality that religious fundamentalism allows people to disregard this teaching in the name of “religion.” There is nothing wrong with loving your neighbor as yourself, and it is possible to teach people to do so. The Bible teaches us that everyone has the right to pursue happiness as they choose, and that no one should be forced to do something that they do not want to do.
Most importantly, the teachings in the Bible teach that those who practice religious pluralism must not be harmed or forced to do something that they would consider immoral. Religious violations of human rights usually occur when one group of people start mistreating others simply because they are practicing a different religious tradition. This could be done to Greeks and others who did not convert to Christianity, or it could be done to Jews and others who did not become Christians. The same thing has happened to many groups of people throughout history who did not practice religious tolerance and thus experienced the oppression of religious intolerance.
The lesson to be learned here is simple: everyone has the right to follow the path that he or she thinks is best for him or her, even if it may be against the grain of what other people think is right. In America, gay rights are a major issue, and we have a lot of work to do to correct this issue. Religious intolerance is also a big issue around the world and those who practice religious hatred need to realize that there is nothing wrong with loving their fellow human beings, including those who follow different religions. All they need to do is learn to love their fellow man and human rights abuses will stop.